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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TXB38E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,283 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. R. Good VINE VOICE on 12 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
This is a great film. Captures the class divide, 80's Yuppies and the social changes. Those that disagree where probably not even born when this was set. Tough, real, violent and up close. The film captures the feel of the time, perfectly.

With excellent production techniques & casting this feels so much bigger than just a film about football violence. It should be considered a 'cult classic'.
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Format: Blu-ray
Dom is a teenager who finds himself drawn into the charismatic world of football 'casuals,influenced by the firm's top boy, Bex.

Accepted by the gang for his fast mouth and sense of humour, Dom soon becomes one the boys.

But as Bex and his gang clash with rival firms across the country and the violence spirals out of control, Dom realises he wants out - until he learns it's not that easy to simply walk away.

I do like Nick Love. Sometimes his movies and him are subliminally referred as the British Uwe Boll. This isn't the case. His films are an acquired taste.

It's a shame then that he has gone slightly downhill remaking the classic BBc drama of the eighties. That was a gritty film, not glamorising the violence, and Focused on Bex's family life struggling with his obsession of football. And it was sometimes very funny with it's witty script.

Even though this film is entertaining, they have made a huge mistake by not focusing on Bex as the main character, they have decided to go down the route of every football hooligan flick, and focus on a newbie.

And it just doesn't have the same impact. The Football Factory/Green Street/Awaydays have already covered this, so why did Love decide to take a step back.

Other than that though the film is quite solid, and a lot of the characters are amusing, and if you are a fan of the eighties, you will feel a little bit of nostalgia hearing music and seeing TV shows and the fashion.

So it's not all bad, but sadly a little disappointing, especially the scenes that are taken right from the original.

If you haven't seen the Oldman version, see this first, and see a true classic.
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Format: DVD
Nick Love mercifully gets away from the "saving the nation" vigilante dross of Outlaw to give us an everyday tale of housing estate life and hooliganism, with some rites of passage stuff thrown in. As in his much-slated, but pleasantly ludicrous, Costa del Crime romp, The Business, Nick goes all 80s on us, so we have background gags about exercise videos, while everyone is break-dancing when they're not cracking heads or getting handy with a Stanley knife. The sound-track kicks off, incongruously, with Soft Cell's Tainted Love, with plenty of Kool and the Gang to follow and (apologies to Paul Weller) Town Called Malice. Bring on the urban grit. In fairness to Nick Love, the Firm is a loving tribute to THE FIRM, from 20 years earlier. Directed by Alan Clarke, this was greeted at the time as the starkest and shrewdest cinematic take on football violence to date. Gary Oldman snarled and sizzled memorably as estate agent Bex. In truth, the original was an often dreary account of train excursions, stabbings and estate agent banter. Love brings very little that's new. Paul Anderson, seen more recently as dodgy avenger Piggy, dances liker a gangly pillock, but his Bex is not to be underestimated, part older brother, part borderline psycho. Everyone wants to be Bex's mate, but few come close. But fresh-faced Dom, played by Calum MacNab, somehow cuts it. Dom copes with the peer pressure, gets the right gear (trainers costs a fortune) uses the right slang and is invited to poorly planned 'meets' with rival firms. What a baptism. Dad, played by Eddie Webber, who lost his head to the Colombians in The Business, thinks Bex is a bad influence. Too right. Dom should have stuck with ginger Terry, who wants his old mate back. Don't ask for the quote about the tampon. Bex lets it all get too personal with gang rival Yeti, a shadow of the Phil Davis version from way back. You know the rest. Go watch Awaydays instead, or even the Factory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sarah palmer on 26 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A good re-make from a different preception of the original film.
A good watch but not as good as the original film.
despatched quickly thanks
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The original (tv) drama from the 80's had one great thing as a selling point: Gary Oldman. He was electric as Bex. Charasmatic but as mad as a bag of snakes; a likeable sociopath that sort if became the template for much of Oldmans's later work. Here though, Bex is played as a vicious bully with no redeeming qualities. A mindless thug followed by equally mindless thugs. But I guess that might be closer to reality, but it makes it quite hard to sell the story when the hooligans messiah is a total loser from the get go. But I'm not knocking the actors. They play the parts of terrace tossers well enough, but aside from dressed in silly 80's sportswear, so the real 'fun' surely would be in the violent rucks which is really anyone interested in casual sub-culture ( or hooli films) would give a toss about anyway. This is where the film is a huge let down. The fights are incredibly boring. You never really get 'caught up' in the action because Nick Love has left his gloves on for this one. A shame really because this could have been the best hooli film yet, instead it pales in comparison to the original on just about every level.
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